Today is my 56th birthday.
A friend (thanks Michelle!) sent me a card which had this beautiful thought inside:
A birthday is your own personal year…
Your private mark in time between the past and future…
Your own farewell to yesterday,
Your welcome to tomorrow.
This past year brought many gifts.
Retirement, and with it, the time to pursue my artistic dreams. Photography, with its daily joys (and occasional frustrations). My amazing connection with Nest – doing work that I love for an organization dedicated to changing lives, one woman at a time. The work that I was meant to be doing.
Building an online community of like-minded artists – people who delight in my successes and commiserate with my failures. My collaboration with the incredible Lisa as we launched Wing-Feather Fables together.
The year also brought broken hearts, a scary diagnosis, loss. But then what year is immune from sadness, from heartbreak, from broken dreams?
Looking ahead, there is my upcoming weekend trip to Houston – museum-hopping with my girlfriends. Starting Sunday, “A Sense of Place”, an online photography course with the incredible Kat Sloma. There is a trip to NYC in June – to attend the annual Nest Garden Party and take my stab at photographing the Big Apple. There is the week in August when Pop-pop and Mom-mom will transform into babysitters extraordinaire for our grandson Elliot.
There are photographs waiting to be created, posts waiting to be written and stories to be told. Shadows to seek. Reflections to explore. Lines and shapes and textures to frame.
Another day. Another year. Saying farewell to yesterday, welcoming tomorrow. With greatest gratitude for it all, the good and the bad.
So you are cordially invited to join me, here, at my virtual party. Here, where the colored lights are twinkling, and together, we look forward to what tomorrow will bring, in this, my 56th year. Have another cupcake on me.
I received a fantastic gift this week – my entries to the March Fuel Your Photography Photo Contest tied for third place! Yes, I tied with myself. The theme was Minimalism. If you don’t follow FYP, you should. And please consider joining the April contest – this month’s theme is “Beautiful Color”.